Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

1 v 1

Field Position:

Offense, Defense

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

15 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




This drill teaches players to battle inside on the island area for position and the chance to either get your hands free in close and shoot, or to defend inside and keep the offensive player from getting a clean shot off.

Description of Drill-Execution

Have two lines (one offense and one defense) off to the side, one defense and one offense.  A coach with a bucket of balls will be at the top of the attack zone.  Two players, one defense and one offense will go into the middle of the island area (5-10 yards in front of the crease and about 5 yards to the right or left of the crease).

The coach will have the player on offense start with the ball at his feet and the defender behind him.  On the whistle the player on offense goes for the ball and tried to score, while the defender tries to take the ball away or prevent the shot.

Have the goalie in net clear every save.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Defense Positioning
  2. 1v1

Variations/Progression/Increased difficulty (As your players improve their skills incorporate the following…)

Vary the locations where the 1 on 1 will start.  You may also inbound the ball to the player on offense and make the defender go live when it is caught.  A slide can also be added to force decision making.